men like Ellis Lloyd and John Salusbury. Similar agreement between the gentry explained Anglesey's 1624 election of John Mostyn. Such electioneering, as Caernarvonshire's contests indicated, reflected the network of alliances, forged through marriage and friendship, which linked the county community together and were an indispensable part of successful election management. Such successes, whether for the borough or outside Caernarvon- shire, should not obscure the fact that the Wynns' county electoral influence, the mark of local supremacy, had been overturned in 1621 and their defeat made it impossible for the Wynns to recover their electoral dominance. In Anglesey and Merioneth, the consent and unity of the county community led to victory; so, too, in Caernarvonshire in 1604 and 1614. But when that consensus shattered, as it did in 1621, the Wynns' influence was at an end. Ambition and pride had combined to build the Wynn dominion; the same factors saw to its destruction. The 'political' issues that surfaced elsewhere in elections, and especially in those of 1640, never made a significant impact on Caernarvonshire's elections. Its struggle remained, throughout the early Stuart years, essentially a local one, the struggle for political and social dominion in that county. J. K. GRUENFELDER University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
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